The total number of SACMI kilns (tunnel and shuttle) installed at this key plant for export to European markets reaches 12. Thanks to excellent cooperation between the technical teams to adapt the factory layout, assembly and start-up are completed in record time!
Duravit Egypt, which is growing in importance as an export centre for the Duravit Group, has recently purchased a new SACMI Riedhammer tunnel kiln. With this new machine, the number of tunnel kilns installed at the Cairo plant rises to 5 which, when added to the 7 shuttle kilns, makes a total of 12 Sacmi sanitaryware kilns in operation at the factory.
With this investment the customer has reached another milestone in its ambitious plan for technological modernization and production capacity expansion at its Egyptian base. The new machine – a TWS model with length 72m, height 1.7m and working height 0.75m – has been positioned within the existing layout next to two other identical kilns already in operation.
The hard work of the SACMI technical team and its close collaboration with the customer’s teams made it possible to assemble the kiln in record time and to adapt the space available and existing automation (conveyor belts etc.), thus limiting production stoppage to a minimum.
The new machine is equipped with EMS (Energy Management System) - for recovery of the 200 °C fumes - as well as latest generation burners to optimize energy consumption. At the same time, SACMI has supplied a new 18 metre drier to serve the three tunnel kilns (the new one and the two already operating) thus optimizing the workload.
From this point of view, in addition to a further production increase – already more than 2.5 million pieces per year overall – the customer can count on a system fully capable of handling production flows efficiently and flexibly.
Thanks to the numerous investments made over recent years with SACMI, Duravit Egypt is gaining importance within the Duravit Group. This recent purchase was the latest in a series of projects completed with SACMI in all the main production plants around the world belonging to this top multi-national manufacturer of quality design sanitaryware.